Workin’ Hard or Hardly Workin’

It’s time again for another Blog Hops with Heart Blog Hop! This month we are featuring a Workin’ Hard or Hardly Workin’ theme and I’m kicking things off! Be sure to make your way around the entire blog hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.

Andy and I were so fortunate and asked to attend the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists conference this year in New Orleans. The doctor I work for, his wife, my office manager, her husband, Andy and myself headed off for a long weekend in New Orleans! Neither Andy or myself had ever been to New Orleans and it was such a fun experience! The theme for this month’s hop fit in perfectly with our trip because the trip was both for work and for pleasure!

I started by cutting The Trendy Trellis Background Cut File from The Cut Shoppe on a sheet on White Cardstock. I then backed a few areas of the cut file with patterned paper from the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans – Take Me Away 6×6 Paper Pad. I stitched each of the trellises on my yellow cardstock background to ensure they would stay attached to the layout. I loved how adding the stitching straight down the center of the cut file images allowed the leaves to lift naturally off the page. This added so much texture and dimension to the layout!

Then I moved onto my photo. This photo was taken when Andy and I were walking around the French Quarter. I loved the brick buildings with the terraces and all the flowers and ferns. I added tissue paper behind the photo to help separate the photo from the background. Then I tucked in numerous die cuts from the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Take Me Away Ephemera Pack. I also added one of the Epoxy Paperclips to the bottom of the photo and a few chipboard pieces from the same Pink Paislee Collection.

I really, really struggled for a title. I tried numerous Thickers alphas, phrases from the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans – Take Me Away Thickers and more. I finally settled on spelling out ‘New Orleans’ directly on the photo using pink glittery letters from Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Stickers, but that just didn’t feel like enough. I ended up grabbing the phrase, Take Me Away, from the PP Take Me Away Thickers. This phrase started as gold, but I felt like it was just too bold. I’ve seen Paige Evans alter these phrases in her YouTube Videos with acrylic paint, so I thought I’d give it a try. TBH, I have 2 sets of these Thickers which helped with my bravery! HA!

I applied a layer of White Gesso to the phrases first. The texture of these letters is very slick so I thought by adding gesso to the letters first it might help the paint stick better. After the gesso was dry, I added multiple layers of white acrylic paint-allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. I had really wanted to add mixed media to the background of this layout (and I did have 2 failed attempts! HA!) but I ultimately decided on just adding white acrylic paint splatters to the background.

I have a process video for this layout and will be posting it soon! Be sure to check back here or subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss it!

I hope you’re finding inspiration on our blog hop! Be sure to head to Stephanie Davis’s Blog next! I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

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Sweet Fall | The Cut Shoppe

YAY! The Cut Shoppe is back releasing new designs on a regular basis and today I’m sharing a layout with one of those new designs, The Autumn Acres Cut File.

I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out the large open leaf cut file image. I duplicated and cut the image numerous times on a piece of White Cardstock. I then painted those cut file images with Shimmerz Paints Great Fruit Creameez and backed a few of the open areas using a green patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather 6×6 Paper Pad and vellum.

I then moved onto the background of the layout. I grabbed a woodgrain patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather Paper Pad and added a layer of White Gesso to the background. I then grabbed numerous mixed media mediums including: Shimmerz Paints Glorious Day Vibez and a yellow watercolor from the Prima Tropicals Watercolor Confections using the packaging technique.

After the mixed media was dry, I adhered the cut files to the background and added hand stitching to the leaves using white embroidery floss. I added a few layers of tissue paper behind my photo and raised the photo from the background using fun foam. I then added the title to the page using the word “Sweet” from the Maggie Holmes Gather Chipboard Thickers Sheet and the word “Fall” using the gold foam Hazel Thickers from the One Canoe Two Hazelwood Collection. I grabbed a couple small chipboard pieces from the same Maggie Holmes Chipboard Sheet and adhered them as accents under the title.

I added a couple die cut leaves from the Maggie Holmes Gather Ephemera Pack to the left of the photo. I also added in a few gold hearts from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Sticker Sheet, a scattering of Pebbles Leaf Rub-Ons and Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. This layout only needed minimal embellishing because the cut file speaks volumes all on its own.

Now you can take a look at my process video.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me! Be sure to head to The Cut Shoppe Blog for more inspiration and to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to see all of the cut file designs!

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